‘Leave no doubt’
Gallatin lives up to motto as Wave torch Bison for Mayor’s Cup win
GALLATIN - Fireworks lit the midnight sky shortly after the Green Wave lit up the scoreboard on Friday night.
Leave no doubt.
That was the Gallatin’s motto this week as the Wave prepared for city-rival Station Camp to visit the Wave Yard.
A convincing 50-0 victory yielded a new school record for tailback Spencer Briggs, who ran for 313 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns, while the Wave defense yielded just 84 yards of total offense. Now, a 2-0 start to the season leaves no doubt: Gallatin is the best team in Gallatin.
“One of the first things our kids talked to me about when I got here was the importance of wanting that Mayors Cup to come back home,” Gallatin coach Chad Watson said. “This is a proud and tradition rich program, and it doesn’t feel right to have Gallatin written on something and not have it in our possession. It’s a rivalry for a reason and we want to be on the right end of it.
“It was a sense of relief when Mayor Brown handed it to me. Being able to pass it over to Spencer Briggs, who breaks a school record tonight, is a special moment.”
Briggs was a different breed on the field against the Bison, adding over 100 yards in punt returns to go with his 313 rushing yards.
“He is such a lovable kid that works so hard,” Watson said of his senior. “Personally, in my 11 years coaching, he may be the most under-recruited kid I’ve ever had. I feel like he should have multiple offers. There is no doubt he deserves to be playing on Saturdays.”
Briggs relished in the moment with his offensive line after the game saying he couldn’t have done it without them.
“The line tonight was unbelievable,” Briggs said. “They got me to this accomplishment tonight and hopefully they will help me break the single season record as well.”
Briggs didn’t just break any single-game rushing record, he broke current Georgia Tech running back Jordan Mason’s record of 307 yards set back on Oct. 1, 2016.
“It’s an honor man,” he said. “The things that he did here, and his accomplishments; it’s just crazy to break that record.”
“It was crazy to watch,” Watson said of Briggs’ night. “He will be the first one to tell you he couldn’t do it without the guys in front of him. We challenged them this week because we honestly feel like our first half against Lebanon was not good up front. They came in on Monday happy about what they did and we told them that is not our standard. That is not how we play football and we have to be better and boy did they respond tonight.”
Now the Wave must move on and get ready for a much more difficult opponent - the Hillsboro Burros.
A region game that will surely test the Wave mentally, physically, and emotionally, Gallatin has to be ready for a battle in Nashville.
“It’s one week at a time,” Briggs said. “It is going to be a battle. All we have been hearing is how Brian [Covington] is the best back in the state and I hope to show I am a good running back too. I know my offensive line will pave the way.”
Watson added to his star running back’s comments saying if they want to be champions, they need to act like champions.
“Once we cut tonight’s film off, it’s on to Hillsboro,” he said. “I sent a group message to the guys last night and said before you can become a champion you need to act like a champion. If our goals are to win a region championship then we need to be mature enough to know how to handle ourselves and forget things in the past and move on.”
As great as the offense was against Station Camp, the defense was even better.
Gallatin limited the Bison to just 84 yards of total offense, including a miniscule 34 yards in the second half.
“I’m so thankful to be able to coach our kids,” Watson said. “Our coaches are doing a great job but it’s all about them. They are the ones that put in the hard work.”
Leading 33-0 at the half, some coaches may have called the dogs off, but it was important for Watson and his team to finish what they started.
“It was a huge deal to get the shut out,” he said. “We want a complete 48-minute football game. We came in at half and were feeling good but we reeled them back in and told them they needed to finish strong.”
1Q: 5:00 - Isaiah Briscoe 2-yard touchdown, extra point no good. 6-0
1Q: 3:45 - Spencer Briggs 20-yard touchdown, Trace Kelley extra point. 13-0
2Q: 10:29 - Briscoe 12-yard touchdown, extra point good. 20-0
2Q: 7:18 - James Mason 9-yard touchdown, extra point good. 27-0
2Q: 1:02 - Spencer Briggs 11-yard touchdown, extra point good. 33-0
3Q: 7:28 - Spencer Briggs 21-yard touchdown, extra point good. 40-0
3Q: Spencer Briggs touchdown, extra point good. 47-0
4Q: Trace Kelley 33-yard field goal. 50-0